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Paul Lanier named as SSWR Fellow

Paul LanierPaul Lanier, Ph.D., has been named as a 2019 Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). The honor recognizes SSWR members for exemplary service, leadership and accomplishments in social work research.

Lanier is an assistant professor at UNC School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Injury Prevention Research Center, all at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

School to host memorial service for Matthew Howard

UNC School of Social Work will host a memorial service for Matthew Howard, Ph.D., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in the School's auditorium. The service will be 2-4 p.m. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend.

Howard died on Dec. 15, 2018, following a lengthy hospitalization. He joined the School's faculty in 2007 and served as the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information.

A formal obituary has been posted here.

Our school community writes on the issue of "Silent Sam"

Members of our School of Social Work community (including students, alumni, faculty and staff) have written a formal statement denouncing racism, oppression and the presence of "Silent Sam" on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. We are proud of our community's strong commitment to social justice and invite you to read the full text of this statement, which is posted here:

Dean Bowen's statement to our School of Social Work community about "Silent Sam"

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, Dean Gary Bowen sent the following statement to all School of Social Work faculty, staff and students, as well as to members of the School's advisory board:

Dear School of Social Work Community,

Statewide summit, research study point to need for more home visiting programs in North Carolina

Nearly 99 percent of North Carolina’s children do not receive services from home visiting (HV) programs, a new study from the Jordan Institute for Families (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work) reveals. 

More than 300 child development professionals across the state are working to change that. This month, they’ll meet in Greensboro (Oct. 22–23) for the 2018 North Carolina Home Visiting Summit, hosted by Smart Start, the Jordan Institute for Families and North Carolina Public Health. They’ll examine the results of the study and explore ways to increase the number of families served by HV programs.